For anyone living check-to-check, nothing lifts the spirits like payday. In the days leading up to payday, we bite our nails as we check our shrinking account balances. The minute the direct deposit hits, we can breathe a sigh of relief. Margin feels good after living so close to the red line. That’s why they call it breathing room, right?
And for anyone living check-to-check, nothing can deflate like paying the bills. We watch our hard-earned dollars slip through our fingertips in a matter of minutes. The number on the calculator display shrinks as we write checks for life’s necessities. The deep breaths we took on payday are replaced by shallow gasps for air. It’s hard to fully inflate the lungs when the weight of our financial situation sits heavily on our chest.
I recently experienced this financially induced respiratory distress. My husband and I signed up for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University (FPU). After hearing Dave’s pep talk and our leaders’ amazing story, I left our class feeling energized and encouraged. We mapped out a quick budget and “gave every dollar a name.” We can do this, I thought.
Then I sat down to pay first-of-the-month bills. Hopelessness killed my excitement. The number on the calculator wasn’t as high as I wanted it to be. I considered donating our FPU materials to someone who could do it because clearly, we were incapable.
As I considered the quick turn around of emotions, I recognized this as an attack from the enemy. You see, this journey toward financial peace is not a battle against flesh and blood. It is not a battle with my spouse, our checkbook, or our creditors. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (NIV). Our issues with money (overspending, underfunding, discouragement) are spiritual in nature.If money problems are spiritual in nature, then we fight this spiritual battle with God's truths.Click To Tweet
If my money problems are, at their core, spiritual in nature, then I must figure out how to effectively fight this spiritual battle. One of the first steps in spiritual warfare is to identify the lies we believe and replace them with God’s truth. Following Jesus’s example from His forty days of temptation in the wilderness, we use Scripture to remind ourselves (and Satan) of God’s truths.
For me, the lie is “there are not enough resources to meet our needs.” God’s Word tells me otherwise.
10 Powerful Truths to Fight Financial Discouragement
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19, ESV).
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” (1 Tim. 6:17, NIV).
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Josh. 3:5, ESV).
“The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing” (Ps 34:10, ESV).
“‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it'” (Mal. 3:10, NIV)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11, ESV)
“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these tings will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matt. 6:34, ESV).
“Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over” (Prov. 3:9-10, MSG).
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness’” (Matt. 25:21, NIV).
“For we are powerless against the great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chron. 20:12, ESV) (My personal favorite!)
What lies leave you feeling discouraged? Be it financial struggles, a difficult relationship, or uncertainty about our future, let’s shift our gaze off of this “great horde” in front of us, and keep it fixed firmly on the One who provides, strengthens, and redeems!
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